Devils in 2 if Gerber is in nets.
fixed it for ya, bro.
Jester- You mentioned a total team effort. That is exactly what I saw out of the Sens in round one from Alfie on down. I'm not saying the Sens will win the Cup (they still have to get past your boys, which is way
easier said than done) but it is not just Emery that will give the Devs a harder time in the offensive zone than they faced in the last series. Even with the ASH line out on the ice, there will be six guys playing defense.
As for Emery, he's obviously no Marty and he can look gangly at times, but he makes the saves he's asked to make consistently and thoroughly. No doubt the hatchlings and Parise will test him, but their success will depend more on getting to rebounds than on getting chances and even Meszaros clears rebounds more often than not.
As for the Sens offense, Marty gave a few gifts to the Lightning, I don't expect him to give away much more. The Sens can play either style (trap or free for all) effectively, so simply playing shut down is not going to win the Devils four of seven here, they will have to open up at some point if they don't want to leave it up to mere bounces. Doing so will leave them exposed, though and the Sens can score with any line (see Chris Kelly with 3 goals) so they will have to pick their spots just right. In any event, the Sens will get plenty of odd man rushes if the Devils do press, and if Dany Heatley finds his scoring touch this series, look out.